Gender Balance And The Link To Performance

Thursday March 9th, 2017 | Diane de Beaudrap | Events

8 March is International Women’s Day.

Are you wondering why we are talking about gender balance and performance?

At Steel Available, we believe in an industrial world made of trusted, passionate and dedicated people. We work to achieve this with an open-minded, agile and customer-centered approach.

Those are our values and what drive our business.

On the 8th of March 2017, we decided to have a special thought for all the women working in heavy industries. In 2017, the gender balance and women’s rights are still at risk and even thought the ratio increased in few countries, it also decreased in some countries.

“In these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.” (source: UN)

Many studies show that females in S&P 500 represent less than 5 % of CEO positions companies, but in terms of performance, business results increase in companies with greater diversity.



Source: Catalyst, Region USA, 2017


In industries like Oil & Gas extraction, Quarrying and Mining, numbers are going down to 3.3% for CEOs position and to 21.2% for total industry employees.



This statement from the World Economic Forum in 2016, still true in 2017, is alarming. What can we do about it? How can we make a change? As man and woman, how can we react?


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(Fe) male = Iron + Man

Here is our message, sent on 8th of March 2017, for International Women’s Day that will be followed by a serie of interviews from “Women Of Steel” #BeBoldForChange:

Globally, the proportion of senior business roles held by women stands at 24% nowadays. There are less women working in Energy industry than in Tech industry. Almost 99% of energy companies are led by men and only 13% of senior management are women in the top 200 utility companies. (source: bcg)

Although, previous analysis show that teams with a male–female ratio between 40 and 60 percent produce results that are more sustained and predictable than those of unbalanced teams.

What can we do to promote women’s performance in our industry? Is there a woman that achieved outstanding results in your company? Among your suppliers or clients?

We would like to interview her and know more about her experience, challenges & success.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

All the best,
Diane and the Steel Available team




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Written by:



Diane de Beaudrap

Sales & Marketing Director @Steel Available